Aiken County

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Aiken County is named for William Aiken, who was a Governor of South Carolina.

 

Created:  March 10, 1871 

County Seat: 

Aiken  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – Aiken  

 

Location:  109 Park Avenue SE / Chesterfield Street South

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Robert N McGrath

Contractor:  J W Woodward of Barnwell County

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building has a portico on the north front with four large columns rising to a pediment and peaked roof behind. The lower part of portico has narrow arches, an entrance and a staircase rising on either side. The second story has double arched windows on either side of the portico. On the center of the roof is a square white colored dome rising to an octagonal with small cupola at the top. In 1934, the building was remodeled and enlarged. The architect was Willis Irvin of Augusta and the contractor was F E Stiefel. The building was remodeled in 1954. In July 1981, the bell tower was struck by lightening. An addition was added on the east side in 1984 to 1986. The architect was Wells, Law & Associates Inc. and the contractor was L Adams Construction Company Inc.

 

Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $12,733. The contract for construction was signed on January 18, 1881 and is 13 handwritten pages. In 1934, the cost of remodeling the building was $70,000.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was constructed by William Gregg Jr. in 1872 at 320 Colleton Avenue. The building was destroyed by fire on January 25, 1970.

 

County Administration – Aiken  

 

Location:  1930 University Parkway / Grand Oaks Way

Built:  2012 – 2014

Style:  Modern

Architect:  McMillan Pazdan Smith  Architects of Greenville

Contractor:  BE & H Building Group of Greenville

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure.

 

Old County Administration – Aiken  

 

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Location:  828 Richland Avenue West / Fauburg Street

Built:  1917 – 1918

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is “T” shaped with a central wing extending north. The south front has a central projecting entrance on the first story with two white colored columns. A horizontal belt runs above the second story and third story windows. The third story has a projecting eave at the roof line. The north and south wings are two stories. The building has a flat roof line. The building was constructed as a hospital and expanded in 1949. In 1976, the building became the county administration building until 2014. The building stands empty.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Edgefield County, Saluda County and Lexington County

E – Orangeburg County and Barnwell County

S – Barnwell County and Burke County, Georgia

W – Richmond County, Georgia

 

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2014